April Philips, PLA, FASLA, BFQL
Founder of April Philips Design Works, Inc.,
Landscape Architecture + Urban Ecology
April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, artist, lecturer, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture and planning firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. With deep roots in sustainability and a regenerative landscape ideology, the APDW studio is a strong proponent of systems thinking and an integrated design approach. Through her New Orleans heritage and passion for all things spicy, April lectures nationally to promote the design for a more sustainable planet and the link between sustainable development and climate change. With over thirty five years of professional experience her extensive background includes multidisciplinary design for both public and private sector clients, integrating the clients’ needs and the sites’ unique characteristics into creative and successful built environments.
April was the founding member within ASLA of The Sustainable Sites Initiative and provided key input to ASLA’s Designing Our Future’s Sustainable Landscapes animation series for The Edible City. Her book Designing Urban Agriculture – a Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2014. For the past few years she has served on various ASLA national committees such as the Educational Advisory Committee, is a past Chair of the PPN Council, Chair of the Sustainable Design and Development PPN which she developed into the largest PPN in ASLA’s history, and participated for two years on the Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee focused on developing PR initiatives. As a past ASLA NCC Director, April was instrumental in re-launching our current professional lecture series a decade ago. Through the leadership of April’s tenure as president elect, president and past president she has led the chapter boldly out from the impacts of the recession to the vibrant group it has become. She has successfully overseen the executive committee’s tasks such as the chapter web site rebranding, the growth of the Emerging Professionals group, the launch of the Mentorship program and Giant’s Night among other activities the Chapter has taken on. She was instrumental in organizing the first annual Sketch Crawl in May 2016. She is a strong advocate for our profession to provide more visible community driven leadership and volunteerism and believes these types of activities will help our profession to become more visible in leadership roles for the myriad of complex issues facing our communities and urban neighborhoods today.
The ASLA Board of Trustees establishes policies, strategic objectives, and priorities; provides financial oversight; and monitors the program and budget in the context of ASLA’s strategic plan. The trustee serves for a three year term as the communications link between the Board of Trustees and chapter leadership and membership including regular and active participation in the meetings of the chapter executive committee. As the Northern California Trustee the past term, April’s focus has been on advancing our profession through building stronger connections between local, regional and national networks. She provides the chapter’s voice on the national level looking after our interests with regards to policies, advocacy and a variety of other issues that affect us in California. Her goal will be to continue to network and collaborate with colleagues from around the country to create an open dialogue on innovative ways our profession can expand our collective endeavors on a more visible national and global stage. She hopes to identify and leverage local opportunities of advocacy and outreach that could provide strategic leadership and economic advantages for Northern California landscape architects. April believes that the sustainable agenda is just one of the many roles that our profession has the opportunity to shape national consciousness on and as Trustee she will continue her legacy of the advancement of our profession.